A view of Alexandra township, a slum overlooking the Sandton skyscrapers in Johannesburg. Addressing inequality has been a major challenge for South Africa.
Will Thomas Piketty's visit to South Africa trigger the rewriting of the country's recent economic history? His analysis and ideas on how to address inequality are hard to ignore.
The Global South is engineering new anti-poverty strategies, leaving traditional left analysts in a quandry.
Could the surge of worker and popular resistance worldwide provide the global trade union movement with an opportunity to take the lead in developing a broad coalition of social forces?
Amendments to South Africa’s competition law provides more scrutiny of pricing practices in oligopolistic markets.
South Africa's tightening up of its competition law enables it to punish collusive conduct by firms, but there are major obstacles to implementing the changes.
The Economic Freedom Fighters’ entry into parliament is the most dramatic example of political realignment in South Africa.
The Marikana massacre of 2012 triggered strikes across South Africa and political realignment. But could this, and the formation of the United Front to rival the ANC, have long-term significance?
French economist and author Thomas Piketty. His book on inequality has lessons for developing economies such as South Africa.
Inequality remains one of South Africa's major problems. Thomas Piketty's visit to the country provides an opportunity to explore ways to deal with this problem.
Africa faces high data costs but it does not deter Africans from using the internet.
For millions of South Africans, access to data for the internet is a luxury.
Africa needs to utilise different kinds of capital to grow its entrepreneurs. Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote relied on family savings to start his businesses.
Innovators and entrepreneurs will ensure that Africa continues to grow. But they need to be nurtured to lead the development.
Dung beetle rolling in the shade.
Dung beetles have been cleaning up the planet for at least 65 million years. The 6000 species across the world have adapted to a life at the back end of the food chain in the most remarkable ways.
What is gravity? What is spacetime and why does it get curved? These are some of the questions discussed at Science and Cocktails.
To achieve science becoming part of everyday entertainment, one needs to take science out of its usual academic context.
The lion bone trade in South Africa is on the rise.
Making tiger trade illegal has had unintended consequences on lions. The problem has escalated over the last few years.
For many children who are victims of crime, their remains are only discovered some time later as a result of perpetrators concealing the crime.
New data which details how South African children age and their faces grow will prove invaluable in finding missing children.
A statue of colonialist Cecil John Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town after student protests. Could real transformation come through changing governance structures?
How can the higher education sector guard against proposed transformation measures being merely superficial quick fixes? At least part of the answer may lie in institutional governance.
Ochre is still used throughout parts of Africa as a form of sunscreen. Its uses go back 285,000 years.
Ochre has many uses. It can be used to shed information on the evolution of the modern mind.
A health worker measures an infant’s growth. Children who are undernourished in their first 1000 days of life, could suffer from stunting later.
2014 Global Communities, Courtesy of Photoshare
Research around the importance of the first 1000 days has been gaining traction. The latest links stunting to malnutrition in children.
A still from the 2015 film ‘Necktie Youth’. Film in South Africa needs to undergo radical change if it is to shed the shackles of the past.
Urucu Media/Hanro Havenga
The journey of South African film has been a tumultuous one, with a disjointed history and an uncertain future.
Students graduating from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, University of Law in Hyderabad.
India has learned valuable lessons about language and bodies of knowledge that could be applied in South Africa's universities.
Consumers prefer labelling on the front packaging of pre-packaged foods to help them make informed and healthy choices.
Proposed regulations to have nutritional labels on the front of prepacked foods can give South African consumers a chance to make better food choices.
The size of the human brain had a great deal to do with the food choices of our ancestors.
From meat-based diets to carbohydrates, the eating patterns of early humans has defined much of what we consume today.
The concept of benefit sharing ensures that all who take part in research have sone form of gain from it.
Research should not only benefit the researchers. People who participate in research should also be compensated for the contributions.
Empty sample tubes wait to be filled in a blood and urine sample freezer. South Africa has no legislation governing biobanks that deal with human biological material.
South Africa has no legislation setting out the rules for biobanks and the guidelines that do exist are not clear or detailed. This leaves the door wide open for unethical practises.